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  1. By far, THE SINGLE MOST USEFUL PLUGIN ever made for Paint.NET. I use this literally all the time, I don't know how would I live without it. This should be added to the base program. Well done sir.
  2. Whoa, this is crazy. Paint.NET used to take a few minutes to open, now it's instant! That's awesome, thanks for the update!
  3. Wow @bEPIK, these actually look really nice!
  4. Oh wow, what a broken page. I expected more from the "1 trillion dollar company". Yeah, I don't think that PDN's site will be like that
  5. I'm probably stupid, as I still don't quite get what you mean. Did you expect the page not to be presented in a vertical way? Are you against the "Download Now!" button?
  6. Well, the site on that image is just a draft. But what do you mean by a scroll-down demo?
  7. It's an icon. It's meant to be seen from far away. Small details should not be present on icons. The blur smooths out the small details. And I barely changed it - just added a bit of median, really. Could you imagine if icons and logos never changed? Do you miss the original Apple logo? Or maybe the original Windows logo? Everyone thought Google's logo was super iconic and eternal. They changed it anyway. They modernized it. They made it suitable for every occasion. The new Google icon is already iconic, and I admire them for that. Also... I barely changed the current one (on my last image). Just cleaned it a bit.
  8. Thanks a lot! I did include the mountains, albeit in more of a symbolic way - they're that slab in the bottom of the "picture". I didn't include the clouds because I wasn't sure how to. I do agree that they are quite iconic, though. This was a quick attempt at adding them, but I'm not really sure. To be honest, the only big problems I have with the current icon are the big dark shadows and lines it has, plus the shading on the brush. I tried making a version that is as similar to the original as possible, just with the problems fixed and with the new brush, that you mentioned liking: And with a context background: (this would look sweet on the website, eh?) ...and I think that might be the best I can do. Here's the .pdn: logo.zip Use as you wish! Thanks for the comments, everyone.
  9. I guess you are right. There shouldn't be such a drastic difference. How's this?
  10. Following the recent conversations regarding the modernization of Paint.NET (1,2), I realized that even if the icons and the website get updated, there will be an obvious update missing: an update to the logo. This is the current logo: It's not that bad, right? It looks actually kind of nice and easily recognizable. However, it is a bit outdated. If the icons ever get changed to something more Office-like, and if the site ever gets modernized, I feel like a small update to the logo would be beneficial. Just as an idea/concept art, I have recreated the logo both in the Microsoft Metro/Office style and in the Google Material style. Microsoft Metro: Google Material: ...and a comparison of the 3 logos, with a context background: (in fact, those images are quite low res. The Material one is by far my favorite and I thought that it needed to be shown in full hd... here it is.) What do you all think?
  11. Wow, these icons look amazing! Definitely should replace our current icon set, BUT... they are not perfect; here's my advice: Don't use gradients! They don't match the style, looking really out of place. Don't use blurred icons! They don't match the style, looking really out of place. Don't use photos! They don't match the style, looking really out of place. Don't use fractal renderings! They don't match the style, looking really out of place. Don't use super detailed icons! They don't match the style, looking really out of place. Don't use varying line widths! They don't match the style, looking really out of place. In all seriousness, here's a list of things I reckon should change (numbers in the brackets are the reasons from list above): Black and White [1] Sepia [1] Hue/Saturation [1] Clouds [6] Dents [5,6] Emboss [5,6] Gaussian Blur [2,5,6] Fractal Julia [4] Fractal Mandelbrot [4] Motion Blur [2] Polarize [5] Soften [3] Vignette [2] Print [5] Global Flood [5] Canvas Size [5] Resize [5] Image Crop [5] Sampling Image [5] Gradient [1] Also, special cases: Help icon [Weird bit in the tip of the '?'] Drag [Oddly shaped fingers] Please note that these changes are mostly nitpicks, and things to consider when making new icons. I've marked the real bad ones in red. Also a few important things to have in mind: You really, really should invest in using just these colors: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dev/add-ins/design/add-in-icons#icon-colors You made extensive of a "50%" gray. You probably should use either lighter shades or pure white mostly. I know it can be tough to have little icons for effects. Try to avoid making an actual demonstration of the effect with an image, and instead use something that represents it. Don't forget that all of these will be resized to just 16px! Many of those icons have thin lines that might be hard to see in such a low resolution. Actually, it's a shame that so much detail will be lost. @Rick Brewster will icons have their size increased in order to look more similar to Office? Keep up the fantastic work. You did something amazing and I can see you've put a lot of work into it, better than anything I could've done myself.
  12. Wow, that looks really good! My main problem with is just the huge logo; it isn't really that... scalable. It looks a tad ugly when super zoomed in, and it looks even worse with half of it missing. (In fact, @Rick Brewster do you have any plans on updating the logo? It currently looks a bit outdated, with those dark lines and gradients. Also, it doesn't fit with the potential new icon set being made by @Zagna, in case that ever gets used). Here's my bunch of nitpicks with the new look (don't take them super seriously; it's just minor improvements that my perfectionist brain would like to get done ?) : Italic text should usually be avoided. I feel like the "best" (in "the best free image editor") doesn't NEED to be italic, but it's fine. Try not to make the background too busy when there's text above it; for instance, in the banner, has a lot of white parts with white text above. "paint.net is a free image and photo editing application for PC with run the Windows OS". What a mouthful! Not only it's unnecessarily big, it also has writing mistakes ("for PCs with run the Windows OS"). Just sum it up with "paint.net is a free image editing application for Windows". I feel like the gray background on the header buttons could be a little more transparent. Looks a bit too dark. IMO, shading on those green buttons is a big no-no. Just keep them a solid color. The shadows on the same green buttons should be lighter, a little more spread and be moved a few pixels to the left. Also... they're GRAY! Shadows should never be gray; they should be translucent black. It's quite noticeable in the first green button, in the header, since it has a black background. I'm not sure the blue theme is a good choice for those screenshots, the default theme should be used. Also, the first screenshot is squished horizontally quite a lot. The "Get it on Windows 10" button is oddly positioned. Maybe it shouldn't be in one of those topics? I feel like the the second download button is dangerously close to ads. Confusing download buttons is the last thing anyone wants. Overall, I really like the structure of the site. Nice colors and good font choice
  13. @welshblue, I meant the plugins that fill the roles of the tools I mentioned are a bit weird. Not because they aren't well made, but because they always have to open a new window for edits and therefore undoing things and trying to make quick changes is a bit of a chore. Neither; it's actually a 3D rendering I made on blender. The background is from a cmd game I made a few years ago that somehow got super broken in a really cool way! glitch art, anyone? @Rick Brewster, I meant the colors of the components, sorry for not being clear. What I meant was, they are pretty much white on a black background, which is kind of hard to look at, IMO. Just changing the colors (whether that's even possible) to dark gray with white text would make it much, much better. By the way, I did notice the great amount of updates that we've been receiving lately (I'm in love with some of the new 4.1 features!) and that's exactly why I wanted to make this topic; since it means the development isn't dead at all! You mentioned getting help from other trusted users, such as @Ego Eram Reputo to make the new website. The community is full of very talented users, have you considering asking it for help? Surely donations are a really good way of supporting the project, but you are still mainly on your own. For instance, you mentioned how astronomical the job of remaking every single icon would be, but that's the case for a single person. Certainly, a couple of good designers could volunteer to finish those icons in no time.
  14. Looking forward to those screenshots @Ego Eram Reputo! I'm glad this has already been addressed. By the way, has the logo changed? @toe_head2001, I was being serious, but not just for the Color window, for all windows. I already came up with a mockup of what I was talking about back when the dark mode was first released: https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/112241-paintnet-4020-is-now-available/?do=findComment&comment=541167
  15. I apologize if I came out as rude. I was aware that Rick was a developer, but I wasn't sure he was the ONLY one. And I don't want to just complain for the sake of complaining, I wanted to bring to light the main issues with the software so Rick can focus on them on the next updates. But once again, sorry if I offended. On the topic of redesigning the website... If @Rick Brewster agrees, I'm fine with offering free help with it as it's a project I love. Here's a quick sketch of how it could look like...